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April 05, 2004
The * EraIs Baseball in the Asterisk Era ? (March 15). Yes, when every athlete who takes steroids puts his "ass to risk" in a shortsighted chase of glory and cash. Henry Aaron is still my idea of a champion: He did it with a hammer, not a needle.MIKE MCCRADY Eugene, Ore.
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A Coach Who Cared
Thank you for reminding me why athletics are offered at the scholastic level (Running for Their Lives, March 15). Jim White guides his Mexican-American student-athletes, inspiring them to excel in the classroom and on the field of competition. Sports are about relationships: coaches and players, fathers and sons, and teammates working together for the love of each other. Thank you for the reminder.
BRIAN WINKELMAN, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Running for Their Lives is such an inspirational story, it brought tears to my eyes. But I need to know what happened to Javi Medina, the runner who led the team in Coach White's final year?

?Javi will graduate from McFarland High in June and start college in the fall.

Reilly's Time Trip
You made an error in Rick Reilly's byline last week (THE LIFE OF REILLY, March 15). His name should have had an asterisk next to it. There is no way he could have written such a brilliantly creative, politically powerful column on the future of baseball and performance-enhancing drugs without being on some mental steroid.
DAN FORER, Encino, Calif.

Rick Reilly's 2054: A Steroid Odyssey paints a somewhat rosy picture of what the future may bring, but it seems a lot more likely that by 2054 those kids will prefer to head south from Cooperstown to Oneonta, N.Y., and the National Soccer Hall of Fame, where they can hear about how their hero Freddy Adu led the United States to its first two World Cups.
MIKE LEISTER, Indianapolis

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